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Sportsmanship Contract for Players

PARENT - PLAYERS SPORTSMANSHIP CONTRACT 

The major benefits derived from a child’s participation in competitive athletics are the development of sportsmanlike attitudes and values such as honesty, fair play, and citizenship. Having a good attitude, being a good winner and loser, respecting the official’s decisions, playing by the rules and giving maximum effort are commonly considered good sportsmanlike conduct.

W.E.L.L.’s objective is to implant in its player-members the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and respect for authority so that they grow to be good, decent, healthy, and trustworthy citizens. To achieve this objective, W.E.L.L. will provide a supervised program under the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

All members shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and in the molding of future citizens is of prime importance. In youth sports settings, important role models for children include parents, coaches, officials, and professional athletes. Sportsmanship is an honorable quality that desires to be courteous, fair, and respectful. It is a blending of cheers for the “home team” and applause for the “visitors”, observing the letter and spirit of the rules, and showing consideration for opponents. It is playing by the code of conduct, “treat other participants and spectators as you would want to be treated.”

In consideration of being allowed to participate in W.E.L.L. activities, participant and parent hereby agree to be bound by and follow the following code:

Fundamentals of Sportsmanship:
1. Show respect for the opponent and the officials.
2. Refrain from any acts or threats of acts of physical violence against any person.
3. Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the game.
4. Do not use or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at WELL events.
5. Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of affiliation.
6. Be no party to the use of profanity, obscene language or improper actions.
7. Instruct participants and spectators in proper sportsmanlike responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanlike the No. 1 priority.
8. Maintain self-control and set a good example for players and spectators to follow.
9. Refrain from arguments in front of players and spectators.
10. Abstain from throwing any objects in disgust.

PLAYER AND PARENT REPRESENT THAT THEY HAVE READ AND DISCUSSED TOGETHER W.E.L.L.’S FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP. WE AGREE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CONDUCT OURSELVES CONSISTENT WITH THIS CODE AND HEREBY PLEDGE TO DO SO. WE AGREE THAT FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY W.E.L.L., INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT SUSPENSION FROM ANY W.E.L.L. ACTIVITIES. PARENT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS W.E.L.L. AND ALL ITS OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES AND COSTS ARISING OUT OF PLAYER’S OR PARENT’S VIOLATION (AS DETERMINED BY THE BOARD OF WELL) OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP CONTRACT. WE ALSO WAIVE THE RIGHT TO SUE OR RECOVER DAMAGES AGAINST W.E.L.L. OR ITS OFFICERS OR REPRESENTATIVES ARISING OUT OF ANY PARTICIPATION IN W.E.L.L. ACTIVITIES. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL CONTINUE IN EFFECT FOR ALL FUTURE W.E.L.L. ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PLAYER PARTICIPATES.

Q Award - Players & Coaches Recognized

Each season W.E.L.L. recognizes a player and a coach from each competitive playing division for their display of sportsmanship. The Q Award is rewarded to players and coaches who best exhibit sportsmanship on and off the field. Those recognized players and coaches are honored by having their names added to a long list of players and coaches on the Q Award wall at Henderson Field. Commemorative plaques remember all the W.E.L.L. players and coaches that have demonstrated the attributes of honesty, fair play, citizenship, positive attitude, being a good winner and good loser, respecting official’s decisions, playing by the rules and giving maximum effort. Thank you to all present, past and future Q Award winners.

Fundamentals of Sportsmanship

W.E.L.L. Fundamentals of Sportsmanship – A Parent’s & Player’s Code of Conduct

The objective of W.E.L.L. is to implant in its player-members the ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and respect for authority so that they grow to be good, decent, healthy, and trustworthy citizens. W.E.L.L. believes that the major benefits derived from a child’s participation in competitive athletics are the development of sportsmanlike attitudes and values such as honesty, fair play, and citizenship. Having a good attitude, being a good winner and loser, respecting the official’s decisions, playing by the rules and giving maximum effort are commonly considered good sportsmanlike conduct that W.E.L.L. encourages from it’s parent & player members. W.E.L.L. urges its member parents and players to conduct themselves consistent with W.E.L.L.’s Fundamentals of Sportsmanship as follows:

- Show respect for the game officials. Do not approach any game official during the game or after the game to register a complaint about the game
- Show respect for on field opponents at all times. Blend your cheering for the ‘home team’ and the ‘visitors’ 
- Know, understand, and appreciate the letter and spirit of the rules of the game
- Maintain self-control at all times when attending W.E.L.L. events and abstain from throwing any objects in disgust
- Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team affiliation
- Be no party to the use of profanity, obscene language or improper actions at W.E.L.L. events
- Strive to set a good example of sportsmanship for players, other parents and spectators to follow - Treat other participants and spectators as you would want to be treated
- Refrain from arguments with players, spectators & coaches; there is no reason to argue with anyone at W.E.L.L.
- Do not enter the playing field before, during or after a game without the coaches permission
- The use of alcohol and/or tobacco products is strictly prohibited at W.E.L.L. events
- Always place trash in trashcans
- Be involved – W.E.L.L. is a volunteer organization. W.E.L.L.’s success depends on it’s members active support
- Remember that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and in the molding of future citizens is of prime importance
- Remember that being courteous, fair, and respectful are honorable sportsmanship qualities


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